The Cancer Puzzle

In 2017 the Medical History Museum marks its 50th Anniversary and in July 2017 will open a new exhibition called The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities.

The story of cancer is complex and extremely personal: one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. It is a disease shrouded in fear and dread and for generations doctors and researchers have been frantically searching for remedies.  

Drawing on the collections of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, the Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne Archives, Cancer Council Victoria, the Peter MacCallum Radiology Collection other major public and private collections, The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities will explore the roles of key individuals, public education campaigns and cutting-edge research in cancer treatment, research, public education and advocacy in Victoria. It will also include the personal responses of people with cancer through the art of contemporary artists who have cancer.

Display at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, featuring items from the Peter MacCallum Radiology Collection, Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne. Photograph by Lili Belle Birchall

The cancer puzzle: patterns, paradoxes and personalities
will run from 24 July 2017 to 9 February 2018.  

Medical History Museum
Level 2, Brownless Biomedical Library
Melbourne Medical School
Cnr Grattan Street & Royal Parade
University of Melbourne  

www.medicalhistorymuseum.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au